Last year, the Rye Arts Center’s Annual Appeal helped to drive the organization forward. The appeal’s success allowed the organization to take strides in addressing its mission to increase arts participation in the region.
The center expanded its partnership with Port Chester Head Start, which provides art education to underserved preschool children. The previously fee-based restorative dance classes for Parkinson’s patients are now free; the center launched Art on the Lawn to create an ongoing series of public artworks for all of Rye to enjoy.
Chaired by board member Jennifer Sandling, this year’s annual appeal goal is set at $90,000, a significant increase from last year’s unprecedented $80,000 campaign.
“The Rye Arts Center provides a creative outlet and ongoing inspiration for the entire region,” says Sandling. “This is our opportunity to not just give back but to add to the vibrancy of our home.”
The funds raised from the annual appeal will target growth in the Rye Arts Center’s STEAM Education programs, which include 3-D printing and design, computer coding, Minecraft classes, robotics, engineering and more.
These programs use technology not typically associated with an arts center (laptops, 3-D printers, robotics kits, etc.), but similarly they develop skills that go beyond the typical scope of the arts.
All are invited to explore the Rye Arts Center’s STEAM programs at Maker Day, a free open house on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m.
Additional plans include expanding the performing arts programming, increasing scholarships for underserved children and sustaining the growth from the past year.
The Rye Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization. Tax-deductible donations can be made by clicking here, calling 914-967-4495, or mailing gifts to The Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye, NY 10580.
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